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 HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2020

Over 25 sturdy hikers participated in The 19th annual New Years Day Hike, sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust.  We had a nice stroll for a couple hours, braving the sunny, beautiful weather!  Highlights included wonderful views, fresh air, and porcupine tracks.

Animal Tracking 101- Canine v. Feline

Bobcat track with asymmetric toes giving Cattitude.
Bobcat track with asymmetric toes giving Cattitude.
The bobcat track on the left with asymmetric toes, and the coyote track on the right with the X.
The bobcat track on the left with asymmetric toes, and the coyote track on the right with the X.
Coyote track with X in the negative space between the toes.
Coyote track with X in the negative space between the toes.

 

 

I had a wonderful time tracking with Molly Hale and Michael Wojtech, great friends and incredible Nature Nerds. We followed a coyote track and it intersected with a bobcat track!  Very Cool! This gave us a nice comparison between the two large carnivores who live in our forests here in Western Massachusetts. Remember the mnemonics: for canines, X marks the spot, Spot marks the X (because the negative space on the pads create an X); for felines, they give you cattitude with their middle finger (because the asymmetric toes shows a middle pad/finger).

Here are my two favorite videos from the Summer of 2019, down on the Cape of Cod!

August 22: I had a beautiful day here on Herring Cove watching the Marine Mammal Rescue Team of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) release 3 white-sided dolphins who stranded themselves!

I had the real pleasure to watch these endangered piping plovers at Head of the Meadow beach in Truro.
There is only about 4,000 of them in the world.
Now, 4,000 and 2!

 

Here are some Featured Videos from
Nature Nerds Rule!

Featured Video- I had one of the greatest Nature Nerds weekends! On Saturday, I participated in the Bio Blitz at the Mount Tom Reservation.  It was a dream come true, naturalists from all over the region came to survey all the living organism in the Reservation, the incredible naturalist from Berkshire Community College found a rattlesnake and brought it back for a check-in.  Here is the full feature video of the rattlesnake.    Check out my blog page for some pictures (click here)!
Tom Tyning’s Timber Rattlesnake:

 

 

Featured Video-  Join naturalists Molly Hale, Ted Watt, and myself as we explore the Wild and Wonderful World of the Porcupine here in Western Massachusetts.  Visit my blog for more pictures:

Featured Video:  The Bobcat!   This is the first in a series of video shorts exploring the wildlife of Western Massachusetts.  With the help of my fellow nature nerd friends, we will focus on the natural history, as well as, how to identify their tracks in the forest, fields, and maybe in your own backyard.  First up, my good friend and fellow nature nerd Tom Gagnon helps me to explore the incredible Bobcat!  Check out my blog posting for pictures.

 

 Featured Video:  Butterflies of the Bullitt

An incredible Baltimore Checkerspot!
An incredible Baltimore Checkerspot!

There is a little piece of heaven in the hills of Ashfield, Massachusetts.  Its the Bullitt Reservation owned and managed by The Trustees.  Over the course of the summer, my Nature Nerd friends and I visited the fields of this incredible conservation area to chase butterflies, in order to photograph and videotape their spectacular lives.  This is their story.  Below are some pictures that are included in the video.  Click on them to enlarge.

An Eastern Tailed-Blue open
An Eastern Tailed-Blue open
An Eastern Tailed-Blue closed
An Eastern Tailed-Blue closed
You make my heart flutter! Two Great Spangled Fritillary.
You make my heart flutter! Two Great Spangled Fritillary.
A Pearl Crescent
A Pearl Crescent

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Two male American Coppers displaying while a female hangs up-side down
Two male American Coppers displaying while a female hangs up-side down
Very cheeky. Just like last year, he came out and displayed to scare me off...
Very cheeky.He came out and displayed to scare me off…
A red spotted purple
A red spotted purple
Iridescence of a Wood Nymph
Iridescence of a Wood Nymph

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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